adjective, sick·li·er, sick·li·est.


in a sick or sickly manner.

verb (used with object), sick·lied, sick·ly·ing.

to cover with a sickly hue.

Origin of sickly

1300–50; Middle English siklich, sekly (adj.). See sick1, -ly
Related formssick·li·ness, noun

Synonyms for sickly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sicklied

Historical Examples of sicklied

  • His mind is not sicklied over with the pale cast of thought.

    Marching Men

    Sherwood Anderson

  • Ruddy and vigorous, he is not sicklied o'er with any pale cast whatever.

    Behind the Mirrors

    Clinton W. Gilbert

  • Yet the cast of European thought would surely have been sicklied over with oriental contemplativeness.

    The Ifs of History

    Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

  • Goodman wrote that the fatal delay had "sicklied over the bloom" of Jones's original enthusiasm.

  • Perhaps not; but the rejoinder that almost all, if not all, M. Rod's books are "sicklied o'er" in this way is rather fatal.

British Dictionary definitions for sicklied


adjective -lier or -liest

disposed to frequent ailments; not healthy; weak
of, relating to, or caused by sickness
(of a smell, taste, etc) causing revulsion or nausea
(of light or colour) faint or feeble
mawkish; insipidsickly affectation


in a sick or sickly manner
Derived Formssickliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sicklied



late 14c., "ill, invalid, habitually ailing," from sick (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning "causing sickness" in any sense is from c.1600. Related: Sickliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper